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Her name is Hanna. She is a soft-coated Wheaten Terrier. Her birthday is Nov. 26, 2011, and she loves romping with pals, meeting new friends and long walks. She will greet you with her friendly, warm eyes and a wag of her tail.
Hanna is part of Caring Canines, a new program at Mayo Clinic that offers pet-assisted therapy to patients, family and staff every Wednesday from 1-2 p.m. in the Mayo Clinic Cancer Education Center on the lobby level of the Gonda Building in Rochester, Minn.
Caring Canines is part of the Integrative Medicine Program at Mayo Clinic. Dogs and their trainers are specially trained and certified to work in a health-care environment. The nationally accredited organization that educates and evaluates the dogs and their trainers is Pet Partners.
Caring Canines therapy dogs can provide a warm and positive therapeutic interaction that is focused on improving the mental, emotional, social and physical health of a person. Families also benefit from the social interaction, with a break from the stress of caregiving. Smiles, cuddling and tail wagging are all part of the experience. Pet-assisted therapy can provide people with a unique experience that is like none other in health care.
Research has shown that pet-facilitated therapy provides the following benefits:
If you'd like to meet Hanna in person, stop by the Cancer Education Center on a Wednesday. If you are a Mayo patient and would like to schedule a visit, you can call 507-538-1407 to learn more about Caring Canines.
I'd love to hear your thoughts on pet-assisted therapy? Have you had a visit from a four-legged friend that helped you?
Sheryl M. Ness, R.N.
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My Mom currently is termanilly ill..I have PTSD, Anxiety & deppreaaion SO it really is affecting me plus my 9 yrs old I am currently trying to adopt a rescue yorkie & will certified for my emotional use ; ) I'm very excited other than the cost of $80 to certify them & expensive for dogs but we have allergies & yorkies are just so cute too!
I believe pets are among the best "caregivers" on earth! I am a breast cancer survivor, and I struck a deal with my doctor to have my own pet stay in my room even after chemotherapy and radiation. The compromise was to keep her clean, including wiping off her paws with organic disinfectant after she got walked. I can't imagine how I would have gotten well without her. Kudos to everyone in the health care profession who recognizes their value.
Absolutely! Our laid-back little black and white (Oreo) "Cookie" has helped me significantly with my anxiety. She brings smiles wherever she goes.
Thank you for your blog. I read it faithfully.
My three-legged dog Hana (yes, really!) was my rock (along with my husband) through treatment (surgery and chemotherapy). She knew when I was having those bad few days after chemo, and would hang out in the bedroom with me until I felt well enough to start moving again.
I was a patient at mayo, Methodist, for two weeks after a colectomy. My dog, Logan, came with us from nj. He is a trained pet therapy dog. When I was stable my dad brought him with his vest and ID on. He knew his way to the hospital from the hotel and too my room. The morning nurses asked wheat time he was coming..
I have two little lap dogs that compete to sit on my lap. Suzie loves to play ball and that gets us both outside. She sits on my lap and leans against me and gives me a dog hug. Dog hugs are good for both of us.
At our cancer center they bring the furry dogs , they are a delight. Who doesn't like animals lol
Whenever we're at Mayo I am always on the lookout for your canine companions. They brighten my day, and just raise my happiness quotient right on the spot.
Wonderful program (and all the owners are incredibly sweet folks).
Pet therapy is a FANTASTIC idea, and I am training one of my adopted rescue Dachshunds for therapy at a local hospice where I volunteer. I'm so happy to hear that Mayo also supports these furry, natural-born healers - bravo!
Love this article,and YES, my dog always know when I'm depressed or in pain,then he proceeds to wag his tail bring me his favourite toy and leave whit me,GOD BLESS ALL TThe ANIMALS !!!
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